step one is i just take a thicker brush with lower opacity maybe like 40% and sketch him out. once I have a bunch of blobs of paint down with the shape of him, i go back with a thintip brush and draw in the details. then paint over those.
For sure! I will make an attempt doing my own Link, and I will let you know when I have that up so you can see what I learned from you. Not sure when that will happen in my schedule. Been forever since I posted anything, but I will try and let you know. I had a crazy idea of taking Link out of his realm and painting him as a Gladiator in an arena. May be too confusing or far stretched to pull off, but we will see.
Interesting to see how different style wise his face looks in the stages! Personally I really liked the angle in the very first one and then suddenly he starts to look more masculine and older... only to go to something in-between the two.
i do on and off all the time. Basically when i start b+w its my basic sketch phase. It is quicker for me in most cases to sketch in b+w than in color. AS you can see though ass soon as I generally know whats going on I jump to color asap.